3rd international 'culture Olympics' kicks off on S. Korean island

3rd international lad in multifarious costumes, performers from all over the globe gathered on South Korea's Jeju Island Wednesday to show off their artistic traditions during the third International Delphic Games.

Under the theme "Turning into Nature," the event will run from Wednesday through Sept. 15 on this resort island with performers from 54 countries taking part in six artistic categories including music and acoustic art, the performing arts, craft, architecture and social arts, according to the Jeju Delphic Committee.>>>

Korean Shamanism Comes to the Kresge Art Museum

Korean Shamanism Comes to the Kresge Art MuseumKresge Art Museum celebrates Korea with two concurrent exhibitions. Gods, Demons and Generals: Icons of Korean Shamanism, an historical look at Korean culture and Haeri Yoo: Paper Deep, an intensely contemporary installation. The exhibitions are on view at Kresge Art Museum , Michigan State University, through October 18, 2009.>>>

Camp Self-Discovery

Camp Self-DiscoveryUsing indigenous wisdom, elders, ceremony and rites of passage, a week-long retreat aims to give teens greater self-knowledge and confidence before heading back to school.

Some kids finished off their last week of summer vacation toasting s'mores and chain-eating hot dogs.
Joshua Kier met a West African medicine man and went on a quest for his inner warrior.
“I rediscovered something that was lost for a long time,” says the 17-year-old.
“Passion, ideas, creativity. I found it again. It revealed itself.”

Indigenous women: invisible citizens

Indigenous women: invisible citizensGender equality is pending issue for indigenous organizations.

"Mother Earth gives us life, and women give life too, so to defend life is defend the Earth," said Leonilda Zurita, leader of Bolivia´s Bartolina Sisa Federation of Campesina and Indigenous Women. Speaking at the first regional summit of indigenous women in the Peruvian highland city of Puno, Zurita and other prominent indigenous women leaders spoke out about the state and priorities of native women in Latin America.

Women protect traditional medicine

Women protect traditional medicineWomen shamans from around the Americas met in Colombia in late August to try to outline how best to integrate ancient teachings and wisdom with Western practices to improve the lot of their communities.

The shamans, from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela met in the southwestern Colombian city of Pasto Aug. 25-30 in the first ever International Meeting on Andean Cultures.